Steve Bryson, PhD, science writer —

Steve holds a PhD in biochemistry from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. As a medical scientist for 18 years, he worked in both academia and industry, where his research focused on the discovery of new vaccines and medicines to treat inflammatory disorders and infectious diseases. Steve is a published author in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals and a patented inventor.

Articles by Steve Bryson

Red/yellow brain pigment linked to Parkinson’s disease: Study

People with Parkinson’s disease have higher than normal levels of a nerve cell-damaging red/yellow pigment called pheomelanin in their substantia nigra, the area of the brain that’s mainly affected by the neurodegenerative disease, a study showed. By contrast, levels of eumelanin — an antioxidant black/brown pigment responsible for the…

Symptom-responding deep brain stimulation system in development

Researchers at Michigan Technological University are developing a “smart” deep brain stimulation (DBS) system to treat Parkinson’s disease that’s automatically activated only when needed, making it more effective and energy-efficient. The researchers are using neuromorphic computing — an approach inspired by the structure and function of the human…

Gains seen in Parkinson’s with Symbyx’s red light therapy helmet

Symbyx Neuro, Symbyx Biome’s red/infrared light therapy helmet, improves motor function in Parkinson’s disease, according to data from a small sham-controlled clinical trial. Parkinson’s “has historically been an intractable, neurodegenerative condition that typically declines with no improvements possible,” Wayne Markman, Symbyx‘s CEO, said in a company…

$400K award will go to explore brain-gut connection in Parkinson’s

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $400,000 to an Augusta University (AU) neuroscientist to research a possible brain-gut connection in Parkinson’s disease. Danielle Mor, PhD, from the Medical College of Georgia at AU, will use the two-year Early-Investigator Research Award to explore whether Parkinson’s starts in the gut. Specifically,…

Genetics study in Black, African American people expands

The Black and African American Connections to Parkinson’s Disease (BLAAC PD) study, a research effort to understand the genetic complexities of Parkinson’s disease among traditionally underrepresented people, has now expanded to six clinical sites. A better understanding of genetic variants associated with the neurological condition specific to this…

Fine particle air pollution tied to Parkinson’s risk in US study

People living in areas with high levels of an air pollutant called fine particulate matter (PM2.5) — whose sources include power plants, motorized vehicles, and fires — are at greater risk of Parkinson’s disease, according to a U.S. study. “We found a nationwide association between Parkinson’s disease and air pollution…